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(J.R.H. 216)

Offered by: Representatives Marron of Stowe and Voyer of Morristown.

Whereas, Giles Dewey was truly dedicated to serving the citizens of Stowe and improving the quality of life in his native town, and

Whereas, throughout his adult life, he was a civic leader in Stowe, whose participation in the public arena had a significant impact on the entire state, and

Whereas, Giles Dewey was a leading figure in Stowe's municipal government, having diligently sat on the selectboard for three decades, responsibly exercised his duties as an overseer of the poor for two decades, moderated town meetings for 16 years, and in an executive capacity, worked for seven years as the town's administrative assistant, and

Whereas, for many years, he held the crucial position of the town's designated representative for flood emergencies, and

Whereas, in 1981, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns recognized his special contributions to Vermont local government by honoring Giles Dewey as its Municipal Person of the Year, and

Whereas, the trust and confidence that he engendered as a local official prompted his neighbors to send him to represent their interests in the General Assembly where Giles Dewey was a state representative for 14 years, and

Whereas, his political wisdom, common sense and natural leadership capability, all paved the way for his rise to prominence in the House of Representatives where his tenure included service on the Judiciary Committee, the Municipal Corporations Committee which he chaired, and most importantly, a term as House Majority Leader, and

Whereas, Giles Dewey was greatly interested in improving the state's agricultural vitality, and promoted that goal through his presidency of the Lamoille County Farm Bureau, and

Whereas, he was an active volunteer in many community organizations, including the Masons and the Stowe Rotary Club, which in 1986 presented him with the Paul Harris Award, and

Whereas, for nearly six decades Giles Dewey was joyfully married to Alice, with whom he raised five children Donna, Sharon, Bonnie, Catherine, and Thomas, and was also the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren, and

Whereas, the entire Stowe community mourns the loss of Giles Dewey, a true citizen of Stowe, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends condolences to the family of former Representative Giles Dewey of Stowe, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow Alice Dewey in Stowe.